Writer's Digest Magazine: 2009 Editorial Calendar

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Everyone has been so helpful in giving feedback on magazine content, so here's a sneak peek at our issue themes for the coming year. This is a very broad-stroke outline, but gives you a sense of our focus each issue.

If there's a particular technique, topic, or area that you've always hoped we'd cover, let me know!

April 2009
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELF PUBLISHING

  • The new perception of self-publishing; emerging tools and models
  • Resource chart on POD companies (what they offer, fees, rights, etc.) and reader feedback on self-publishing experiences.

WORKBOOK: Revision and Self-Editing

  • How to turn a first draft into a salable manuscript
  • When and how to work with freelancers to get a book into shape

June 2009
GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL (MARKETING & PROMOTION ISSUE)

  • How to market and promote yourself before and after you make the sale
  • The most effective way to use social networking tools to sell yourself & your book
  • Hands-on guide to online viral marketing tools (blog tours, book trailers, reading groups, podcasts)

WORKBOOK: Writing Memoirs and Life Stories (when you’re not a name)

August 2009
PUBLISHING 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU WRITE A WORD

  • Visual guide to how your book moves from proposal to print to on the shelf—all the steps, all the things you need to know ahead of time
  • What to expect from your publisher (editorial, marketing, publicity)
  • How the industry has changed and new steps you need to take to ensure successful publication

WORKBOOK: The Art & Craft of Storytelling; Hooking Your Reader From Page One

October 2009
AGENTS AND EDITORS SPEAK OUT (THE GATEKEEPER ISSUE)

  • The new roles of gatekeepers and how to be an equal partner in publication
  • The anatomy of a book deal and a book contract: what you must know and ask about even if you do have an agent

WORKBOOK: Novel-writing related

December 2009
THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING

  • The changing economic model of media and the emerging role of writers as content providers—five essential rules to follow to stay in the game
  • How to negotiate the smartest deal for digital rights and e-rights (and when to keep all such rights for yourself)

WORKBOOK: Writing Groups & Critique Group Guide; A Fresh Start in the New Year

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Shugri Said Salh: On Writing the Coming-Of-Age Story

Debut author Shugri Said Salh discusses how wanting to know her mother lead her to writing her coming-of-age novel, The Last Nomad.

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

100 Ways to Buff Your Book

Does your manuscript need a little more definition, but you’re not sure where to begin? Try these 100 tips to give your words more power.

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson: On Internal Roadblocks and Not Giving Up

Kaia Alderson discusses how she never gave up on her story, how she worked through internal doubts, and how research lead her out of romance and into historical fiction.

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